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Author Nayar, Pramod K., author.

Title Posthumanism / Pramod K. Nayar.

Published Cambridge, UK : Polity, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  171.2 NAYA    DUE 27-10-19
Physical description viii, 183 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Themes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and culture.
Themes in twentieth and twenty-first century literature and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-176) and index.
Contents Revisiting the human : critical humanisms -- Consciousness, biology and the necessity of alterity -- The body, reformatted -- Absolute monstrosities : the 'question of the animal' -- Life itself : the view from disability studies and bioethics -- Posthuman visions : toward companion species -- Conclusion: Posthumanism as species cosmopolitanism.
Summary "This timely book examines the rise of posthumanism as both a material condition and a developing philosophical-ethical project in the age of cloning, gene engineering, organ transplants and implants. Nayar first maps the political and philosophical critiques of traditional humanism, revealing its exclusionary and 'speciesist' politics that position the human as a distinctive and dominant life form. He then contextualizes the posthumanist vision which, drawing upon biomedical, engineering and techno-scientific studies, concludes that human consciousness is shaped by its co-evolution with other life forms, and our human form inescapably influenced by tools and technology. Finally the book explores posthumanism's roots in disability studies, animal studies and bioethics to underscore the constructed nature of 'normalcy' in bodies, and the singularity of species and life itself."--Page 4 of cover.
Subject Humanism.
Humanistic ethics.
Literature and technology.
Technology in literature.
ISBN 9780745662404 (hbk.)
0745662404 (hbk.)
9780745662411 (paperback)
0745662412 (paperback)